Australia vs Pakistan – Match deserted
Rain prevented Australia getting a last probability to fine-tune earlier than leaving house soil, with their third T20 towards Pakistan rained out on Sunday afternoon in Canberra with out a ball being bowled.
Mild however persistent rain at Manuka Oval meant the gamers by no means took to the sphere for the lifeless rubber encounter, leaving the hosts to say the three-game sequence 2-0.
The gamers will now head to Sydney for Monday evening’s Australian Cricket Awards earlier than flying to South Africa on Tuesday, with warm-up video games scheduled towards India (February 6) and Eire (February 8).
Australia head into the match as a scorching favorite, however Lanning stated they’d be coping with a string of groups coming to take their crown.
“We’re very conscious there’s loads of good groups on the market who’re chasing the identical quantity of success; we definitely aren’t complacent in any manner,” she stated. “We now have excessive expectations on ourselves…we’re a really pushed, very aggressive group in order that naturally lends itself to huge tournaments like this the place you must be at your greatest.”
The skipper stated Australia had not been planning to make use of Sunday’s conflict to present depth gamers an opportunity heading into the showpiece match, though 9 bowlers have been utilized in Friday’s second recreation of the sequence to scale back the workload on the frontline quicks.
“She’s placing nicely, it is all going to plan…I assume if she will, she’ll play a few of these apply video games over there,” Lanning stated. “She’s a really entertaining batter who takes the sport on, places the opposition below stress from ball one, that is an vital a part of T20 cricket.
“The opposite factor is simply expertise in huge video games. She’s carried out rather well below stress earlier than, and that is one thing not each staff has.”
Australia’s opening recreation of the World Cup will likely be towards New Zealand in Paarl on February 12.